Pair of corrections employees hospitalized after contact with fentanyl

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MARCY — Two employees of the Marcy Correctional Facility were hospitalized after coming into contact with fentanyl that was mailed to an inmate at the prison, according to the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.

Authorities said a female civilian employee was processing a package at the facility on April 26 when she encountered a red cloth saturated with liquid fentanyl. Authorities said the woman became unconscious and it took three doses of nalaxone to revive her. She was rushed to a local hospital for treatment and released.

The Utica Fire Department’s hazardous materials team was called to the prison to clean the area. State police responded and took the red cloth as evidence, authorities said. The package was mailed from Lockport in Niagara County.

Prison staff searched the dorm cube of the inmate the package was addressed to and authorities said they found a vial of powdered fentanyl taped to the bottom of the inmate’s locker. One officer became nauseous when exposed to the drug and he, too, was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then later released.

The haz-mat team evacuated and ventilated the entire prison dorm. Authorities said a search of the cube turned up a nasal spray bottle containing the drug dipropylene glycol, which is used as a cutting agent.

Authorities said the inmate with the glycol and the inmate with the fentanyl were both placed in a special housing unit.

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